Sea Kayaking

Islay Paddle

Last year, with Roger Wild. Roger took a lot of these photos, as my camera packed up. Thanks for a great trip. We left Frenchman’s Point for another day, in light of gale force winds and counter tides, heading towards Ireland!

 

Staffin – Rona – Raasay – Applecross – Kyleakin

Paddle Victoria

Wilderness it is certainly not. However, avoiding being run down by float planes and a trip around the bay, is plenty interesting. We used Ocean Rivers for a days rental of a tandem thermo plastic moulded craft. good service from folk who know what they are doing. Close to the waterfront of Victoria, BC. Normal maritime weather prevailed.

Whitsunday Islands

Paddling and snorkelling around the Whitsunday Islands

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Jura trip

Last week I completed a very successful sea paddling trip with Roger (RW), Tim and Lynne. Tim and Lynne, now living in Tasmania were enjoying an extended journey along the west coast of Ireland and more of that can be seen at this link and beyond to Mull and Loch Linnhe. For anyone interested in using a large breakdown double sea kayak, their blog is a good place to start. Tim and I worked together many years ago at Loch Eil Centre and it was definitely a highlight this year, to meet up with him and his partner to share in a small part of their successful expedition. Here’s to the next time guys.

Barra Head

A recent paddling trip (not work) to the islands south of Castle Bay was a complete success. These are a remote set of islands perched at the southern extremity of the Outer Hebrides. A seven hour trip from Oban is required on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. We used trolleys to transport our loaded sea kayaks on board and the reasonable sum of £28 return was good value. Climbing, paddling, cycling or ticking ‘Marylin’s’, this is an expedition not to be missed. Thanks to Roger Wild (RW) for many of the photos taken from his very stable and well handled kayak! I’d recommend using Dunard Hostel For anyone wishing to visit this string of islands and it’s possible to get a local boat man in Castle Bay to transport you for drop off or pick up. Camping on all of the islands is allowed and fresh water was available from clean streams whilst we are there.  Ask at the hostel for details as they are very helpful and also organise paddling trip through Clearwater Paddling